This post was last updated on August 24th, 2022 at 10:24 pm
Medical equipment is costly and companies which distribute or deliver such equipment need an effective way to track their assets.
CoreRFID worked with an IT software provider to deliver an asset management solution for a company that supplies medical products to care homes and hospitals. The new system, which manages deliveries, inspections, repairs and decontamination, has improved efficiency and reduced delivery times.
– Jeremy Clifford, Impress Solutions
The challenge of managing multiple assets
Medical assets such as scanners can cost millions – however, it is rarely the most expensive items that pose the biggest problem. The real difficulty often lies in managing multiple assets associated with each patient bed.
Mattresses, pumps and tubes are often portable and may be mislaid when sent off-site for inspection or repair. Any tracking system needs to be easy to use, making the least possible impact on staff and avoiding the need for manual data entry.
A ‘check out, check in’ system
Impress Solutions wanted to deliver a ‘check out, check in’ system for its client. The company’s existing legacy system was not working successfully, with erratic data collection leading to a loss of confidence in the system. It was also preventing it achieving its aim of offering an effective 24-hour troubleshooting and support service with 95% of deliveries completed in three and a half hours.
CoreRFID has developed systems for distributors and the NHS, and also specialises in systems for LOLER testing – one of the services offered by the company. It worked with Impress to deliver an innovative, well-integrated solution.
Automatic data collection
With the new system, each item is identified with an RFID tag or barcode carrying a unique asset number which complies with the GS1 standards for NHS assets. Data from the tags and labels can be easily read using a mobile or handheld device.
Drivers responsible for delivery, collection or repair simply scan the tag on the item. The end-user is also asked to sign for it, and to check for any damage or repairs needed. Data from the tag is captured automatically and other data such as signatures, images and notes can be captured at the same time. The driver’s tablet or mobile device uses its on-board GPS to record the location of deliveries, making it easy to sort out disputes and to reduce the risk of assets being lost.
The data is then uploaded and fed into Impress’s software applications. The new system enables items to be tracked through repair, maintenance, inspection or decontamination so everyone can be kept up to date with their whereabouts.
The key benefits for the company are:
- Shorter process saves time for delivery drivers
- Reduces risk of wrong deliveries
- Better quality data on asset location and condition
- Automatic data collection reduces errors.